Shopping in Torrevieja
In the centre of Torrevieja there are lots of smaller shops offering everything from fashion to footwear, electrical goods to books. There are also shops littered around the outskirts of the town, but not as many as in the centre.
Many of the shops form part of the local business association for retailers, APYMECO, who operate a website directory of their members, to help you find what you are looking for. You can visit their website at https://www.apymeco.info/
Shopping Centres in Torrevieja
Torrevieja has one major shopping centre, which is located not too far from the centre, the Habaneras Commercial Centre.
The Habaneras Shopping Centre opened in 2005 and currently welcomes more than 4 million visitors from the five continents who enjoy its shops and restaurants.
The construction is described as a centre of Mediterranean architecture, open to the outdoors, where you can take a leisurely walk and enjoy the good weather on any of its terraces and relaxation areas.
Habaneras has more than 60 shops and restaurants distributed over three floors of commercial space. It also has 850 parking spaces.
Habaneras shopping centre Torrevieja telephone number 96 571 23 00. There website is https://habaneras.es/.
Just outside Torrevieja, heading south, in neighbouring Orihuela, is the largest shopping centre in the Alicante province. Zenia Boulevard shopping centre telephone number 96 676 15 30. The website for Zenia Boulevard shopping centre is https://zeniaboulevard.es/en.
Further south, in San Javier in the Murcia region, is Dos Mares shopping centre. Dos Mares commercial centre telephone number 968 54 70 00. Their website is https://www.dosmaresshopping.com/en.
Going north from Torrevieja, another popular shopping centre is the Plaza Mar 2 in Alicante. The telephone for Plaza Mar 2 shopping centre is 965 26 8657. Their website is https://www.plazamar2.com/.
There are also large stores in Elche, about a 30 minute drive away, including another shopping centre, Centre Comercial L’Aljub, and the very famous El Corte Ingles department store.
If you are looking to buy groceries in Torrevieja, there are lots of options available. There are a number of smaller supermarkets and shops in the centre, as we mentioned, but if you are looking to get the “big shop”, one option is Carrefour, the French supermarket chain.
In Torrevieja there is a large Carrefour supermarket, which is actually located next to the Habaneras shopping centre, and also has some smaller shops inside the centre, such as an optician, sweet shop, key cutting service, clothes, and mobile phone accessory store, as well as a lottery outlet, and others.
Carrefour Torrevieja is also pet friendly, and of course sells lots of products for pets.
The Carrefour chain has their own website, but the local Carrefour in Torrevieja also has a website dedicated to themselves, which is https://www.cc-carrefour-torrevieja.com/
A note of caution though, the store can sometimes be very busy and although they have a queueing system which leads everyone to the next available checkout, they also have self-service tills, but only 4 of them, and of those, only 2 can be used for cash payments, so checkout queues are common. You also need to watch some of the prices, as although many items are cheaper in the store, there are some that are often over-inflated, especially when they are part of offers.
There are other large grocery stores available too, although Carrefour is the biggest. Comsum, Mercadona, Lidl and Aldi all have stores in Torrevieja, as do some of the smaller chains such as Hiperber and Mas y Mas.
Finally, on the subject of groceries, if you are crazing for the taste of home, Overseas British Supermarkets also have a store in Torrevieja, which stocks a lot of British favourites, including frozen products from Iceland, and a fairly decent vegetarian range too. Compared to the UK the prices can be a little high, but we have to forgive them a little as they do import the products into Spain which is costly, and has increased since Brexit.
Markets in Torrevieja
Of course, supermarkets in Torrevieja are not the only place we can get our groceries from, there is always the market.
There are two markets in Torrevieja each week. The biggest of the two in on Friday, on a site not too far away from Carrefour and Habaneras, near the Sports City. You can pretty much get anything you want from the market traders at the Friday market in Torrevieja, although it can get a little busy.
On a Wednesday, the streets of La Mata play host to another market, and although it is smaller than the Friday market, you can still pretty much pick up anything you want, including of course those fresh fruit and vegetables.
There is also another market which is worth visiting, although you can´t get fresh produce at this one, but it is commonly known as the “Hippy market”. It is open every day and is located near the port and the fun fair in Torrevieja. Although it has undergone a major transformation from the roots of the market many years ago, there is still a wide range of products for sale.
There are of course other markets around the area on different days.